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Progress report on the new tree project

I would like to announce that I have made some progress in creating a new comprehensive family tree. As I warned back in January, this is not going to be a quick project.

My initial tries showed me that I would not be able to fit a whole tree in a single chart so I decided to make three charts: one covering the earliest generations, one covering the Bederkesa branch (primarily Germany, USA, and Russia) and another covering the Rüstje branch (primarily Germany, Chile, England, Spain).

This week I have made use of vacation time to prepare the first tree. I decided to start with the Bederkesa branch because it is the largest of the three. Instead of making it a top-down horizontal tree like the previous Wyneken tree from the late 1800’s, the new tree is vertical, starting with Peter Christoph Wyneken (1644-1683/1684) on the far left and proceeding to the youngest members of the family on the right side of the chart.

Bederkesa treeThe chart when printed will be about 80 cm by 580 cm, roughly 32 inches by 229 inches. That’s a large piece of paper! There’s a miniature version of the chart on the right side of this page. In real life the chart is four letter size pages wide and 22 of that size long.

To print the charts I’m currently planning on using the services of Heartland Family Graphics (http://www.familygraphics.com), the print shop endorsed by the Reunion genealogy software I use. I’m not restricted to using them but right now I see no reason to look elsewhere. The price of the charts will depend on the weight of the paper used. The company is sending me samples to aid me in making a decision.

It looks like this first chart would cost around $130, or $160 for heavier paper. There will also be additional costs for shipping and handling. I’m hoping to be able to get some kind of volume rebate if I can tell the print shop that I will be ordering copies for several parties. I’m thinking that the price ought to go down if there are lots of people who want copies. I’m hoping to be able to interest numerous people in obtaining their own copies, not only in the US but also in Germany, Chile and Spain.

Of course, it would make most sense if people order copies of all three trees so they have the information about the whole family. My rough estimate is that the tree for the Rüstje branch should be only about half the size, and thus cost, of this first tree. The third tree showing the earliest generations should only be about maybe $10.


The top of this blog page shows an excerpt from the tree. At the very bottom of the page is another excerpt from the tree.

Please note that I will never post online any information about living persons in a format that can be read or that is in text form. The tree on the right, for example, potentially contains all the names in the tree but it’s neither in text form nor in a legible size.


Excerpt with pictures

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“New Family Tree” menu on this website

Just a quick note to point out that I have added a “New Family Tree” menu at the top of this website. All of my posts that have to do with organizing, compiling, printing and distributing will be readily available when you select this menu.

It’s time for an updated Wyneken family tree

The last “official” complete Wyneken family tree — a miniature version is pictured at the top of this page — was created and shared in 1877 / 1878. That was 140 years ago. A lot has happened in the family since then. If you say that a generation is on average 30 years, that means that we today are about 4 2/3 generations farther on.

I think it’s about time to make a new family tree. My Wyneken database provides me with the information I need to make one. I’ve had this on my to-do list for the last two years but I’ve finally gotten to a spot where I think I can do it.

Before I can start actually making a tree there are a number of organizational matters that will have to be addressed:

  • Ensure that private information is not revealed on the internet.
  • Find out who is interested in receiving a copy.
  • Decide what kind of tree, or possibly even several trees?
    • Only last name “Wyneken”.
    • Include descendants of daughters, i.e. other names besides “Wyneken”.
    • Separate trees for individual branches.
  • Perhaps organize helpers.
  • Estimate the cost of a copy of a printed tree.

Warning: Don’t hold your breath

First off, though, I need to warn everybody that this will probably take a while to complete because I have to do everything in my spare time between work and family duties.

Privacy is of utmost importance!!!

I would like to emphasize the importance of making sure that none of the copies of the tree, including any intermediate versions, should ever be posted publicly anywhere on the internet. The tree will include personal data for living persons and that kind of information should not be freely available on the internet. I would like the final product to be only in printed form. PDF versions will be used to create the printed version, and it might be necessary to share some of these PDF files, but I will make every effort to ensure that these versions are not posted. And I would ask anybody who works with me to do the same.

The reason I make such a big deal of this is that there are probably relatives who are reluctant to share their details because they’re afraid that the information will appear in the internet. I want to do everything possible to make people feel safe about sharing their information. Otherwise the tree would remain incomplete.

Who is interested?

The first step in the tree making process is to find out who would be interested in receiving a copy of the final tree or trees, thus:

Anyone who is possibly interested in receiving a copy of the updated tree when it’s done, please let me know. I will gather the names and keep a list. Just drop me a line by e-mail, Facebook, postcard, telephone or carrier pigeon, whatever.

Please also ask all your family members and relatives if they might be interested, especially if they don’t know about my on-line sites. If they’re on Facebook you can point them to the Wynekens World-Wide group. If they don’t do Facebook have them look at the page you’re looking at now. If they’re not particularly internet savvy, they can just get in touch with me at mawyn@gmx.de. And if they prefer old-fashioned communication they can get in touch with me at my address and phone number.

Further communication

I’m trying to figure out a way to organize the communication that will be necessary to organize this project. There are so many options that I think I’m just going to have to start with something and see how it works. If there are problems I will have to make changes as needed.

I’ve decided to set up a Google e-mail list. I think the easiest way to join the list would be to send a message to wynekentree@googlegroups.com saying that they would like to join. I will then add the person to the list and they will receive any further communications.

Alternatively, people with a Google account should be able to join the list by visiting https://groups.google.com/group/wynekentree and signing up. People with a Google account will also be able to view the archived messages at this address.

If you would like to be involved but do not want to be listed in a Google mailing list, just let me know and we’ll try to figure out a way for you to keep in touch.


I’ll be taking this step by step. If anyone has any ideas or something they would like to say about this project, just get in touch with me. I look forward to any kind of input!